Part B News Features
Question: We recently sent a claim to Blue Cross of Alabama that included 20610-LT for a left shoulder diagnosis and 20610-RT for a right knee diagnosis. The payer responded that we should have billed... More
Recent changes mandated by Congress and CMS that boost the status of physician assistants (PA) — or physician associates, as some groups prefer — is another sign that the providers formerl... More
One critical factor in physicians’ decisions to use new medical technology is a concern that the new tech may expose the physician or practice to liability claims.... More
Question: We recently sent a claim to Blue Cross of Alabama that included 20610-LT for a left shoulder diagnosis and 20610-RT for a right knee diagnosis. The payer responded that we should have billed... More
Recent changes mandated by Congress and CMS that boost the status of physician assistants (PA) — or physician associates, as some groups prefer — is another sign that the providers formerl... More
One critical factor in physicians’ decisions to use new medical technology is a concern that the new tech may expose the physician or practice to liability claims.... More
Tools
Take a look at the new, revised and potentially misvalued services that CMS identified in the proposed 2023 Medicare physician fee schedule. The downloadable document (xls) provides current and projected work relative value units (RVU) for each service, allowing you to compare RVU changes between 2022 and 2023.
Observation-only E/M codes are slated for deletion as of Jan. 1, 2023. Part of the second phase of the E/M coding update folds observation codes into existing inpatient E/M codes and revises the inpatient codes’ descriptors. Use this crosswalk to train staff on the pending changes.
Benchmark of the Week
One critical factor in physicians’ decisions to use new medical technology is a concern that the new tech may expose the physician or practice to liability claims.
Five specialties added new E/M remote physiologic monitoring (RPM) services to their practices in 2019 and continued to increase reporting in 2020. Internal medicine was at the head of the pack in 2019 and stayed there in 2020, according to a review of Medicare Part B data for 2019 and 2020, the latest available.

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